‘Guy Hater’ by J. Sterling is now available

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Title: GUY HATER
Author: J. Sterling
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Day: October 9th

About Guy Hater

From New York Times Bestseller, J. Sterling, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.

Frank Fisher is quiet, pensive, and sexy as hell. He’s also stuck in a loveless relationship, bound by a promise he made years ago. It’s one he intends to keep, no matter the cost.

The night Claudia walks into his bar, both his life and his perspective are forever changed. She’s feisty, strong, independent and everything he never knew he needed. She’s also everything he never knew he wanted, and now he’s torn.

Will Frank follow his heart, or will guilt and obligation continue to rule his life? Choices aren’t always easy, especially when you’re a man, and Frank’s indecision may cost him more than he’s willing to lose.

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Excerpt

In the time it took to throw a baseball or swing a bat, everything I’d worked so hard for as long as I could remember was gone. If I could have snapped my fingers to reiterate the point to myself, I would have.

But I couldn’t.

Because my fucking shoulder was destroyed, and I couldn’t move my arm.

“Hey, Frank.”

My girlfriend’s voice cut through my pity party, and I turned my head to meet her eyes. My relationship with Shelby was brand new, we’d only recently started dating, and I was certain it was about to end as quickly as it had begun.

I expected to find her looking either as sad or as devastated as I was, but she wasn’t. She seemed calm, a small smile tugging at her lips. She was a sweet girl, someone I could fall in love with someday. Well, as much as I could fall in love with anything other than baseball.

But there was no baseball for me anymore.

What the hell was I going to do with my life? I had no backup plan because there was never a reason to. Getting hurt had never crossed my mind . . . all I’d been able to think about was going pro.

Until now.

“How long have you been here?” I tried not to sound like a dick, but my thoughts were focused on life-changing questions like, What am I going to do now? Who am I going to be?

Shelby shrugged, and her long brown hair fell over her shoulder.

“You don’t have to stay,” I grumbled. “I know you have classes.”

She pulled her chair closer to my bed. “I’ve already talked to my professors. I’m going to stay, if that’s okay.”

“Are you sure? You realize my career’s over, right?” I practically barked at her. “You sure you want to hang out with a has-been?” It was irrational and mean, but I was mad and she was the only one in the room with me, so I directed my frustration at her.

She stiffened a little before relaxing, reaching out to rest a hand on my left arm. “I’m sure. I won’t pretend to know how you’re feeling right now, Frank. I can only imagine how hard this is for you and how sad you must be, but I never liked you because you were a baseball player.”

“No? That had nothing to do with it?” Too late, I realized that now I totally sounded like a complete dick.

Shelby narrowed her eyes for a second before letting out a soft sigh. “I like your dedication and work ethic. But that’s a part of your character and it has nothing to do with baseball. I love the person you are, not the person you thought you were going to become. I don’t care if you’re a baseball player or a plumber as long as you’re happy.”

I reached for her hand and squeezed it with my good one because I knew she meant the things she was telling me. Even though I was pissed off about everything I’d just lost, I still had one very important thing. And she was sitting right next to me, refusing to give up on me. I never knew how much I needed that kind of acceptance until Shelby sat there patiently, giving it to me willingly, no matter how frustrated I was.

Over the next few weeks, even my former teammates disappeared. They still had the game, their dreams within reach, and seeing me only reminded them of how easily it could all be stolen away. They stopped asking if I was okay, how I was feeling, and finally, they stopped coming around altogether. That was another blow to my ego, watching them drift away one by one. Guys I’d thought were like brothers just walked away as if I’d never mattered.

But not Shelby. She never left my side.

When I finally declared a new major and switched my focus to business management and finance, hanging up my cleats for good, she encouraged me and told me I’d be great at it. All the days when I didn’t believe in myself, she believed in me enough for the two of us. I don’t think I would have gotten through that time in my life without her.

Funny how things can change.

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About the Author

I got fired from my last job.

It’s true.

I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?” And I’d love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn’t fun for other people. They don’t always tend to like it. lol

So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn’t really care about anything other than the bottom line.

My soul has never felt more satisfied.

My heart has never been more full.

I’ve never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do.

It is SO worth it.

All of it.

Every moment.

The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Book of the Week – The Game Series by J. Sterling

This week we get a book series from J. Sterling. Initially, this was supposed to be a 2-book series, but Sterling surprised her fans by releasing a 3rd book this past Christmas.

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Book #1The Perfect Game
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783307-the-perfect-game?from_search=true

Jack Carter is the kind of person of getting whatever he wants until he meets Cassie. She is stubborn and she challenges him in a way he’s never known before. They embark on a relationship that is filled with passion, fun, and tears until one night Jack messes up royally by cheating on her after celebrating a perfect game he pitched in Triple-A. What I liked about this book is that it stood out against other romantic novels because of the fact that Jack cheated. Usually in romance novels the ‘player’ all of a sudden changes his ways. I liked mixing it up and this book did that. And it shows how hard he had to fight in order to get Cassie back.

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Book #2The Game Changer
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16299256-the-game-changer?from_search=true

In the 2nd book, Jack and Cassie try and rebuild their relationship and get over Jack cheating on her in the first book. He tells her everything that he did from the time they broke up to the time they reunited and she saw how much he suffered without her. She learns to trust him again, but they quickly learn that his career as a major league baseball pitcher in the big city can effect their relationship. I really liked this book because I would imagine that it would be hard for baseball players (especially in the big team markets) to have any kind of relationship, especially for popular players. I enjoyed reading these two fight for their relationship against the fans and other outside forces.

Overall, the book was very sweet and nice and really tied up the series. This was a good ending to the series and this is where it should end because they were essentially riding off in the sunset and it gave that happily ever after feeling by the end of the book.

Book #3 – The Sweetest Game
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18687611-the-sweetest-game?from_search=true

This book was a surprise outing for me. I didn’t know that there was going to be 3rd book until it was out. So naturally I was really excited bout it because I liked the first two books, but I was disappointed with how it came out. It had potential to really be good when they had Jack break his hand. They could have had him fight it more or have it cause more problems with Cassie, but it didn’t happen. He was like that for like 2 weeks and then he’s fine. Then after that, everything just seemed to fall into place. It felt a little ridiculous after a while that I just got more interesting in Melissa’s and Dean’s relationship.

It felt like the book was just written for the money and really left me with a sour taste in my mouth with the series. I wished she would have left it after the 2nd book because that one had a neater ending then this one. It felt just a little too perfect.

“The Sweetest Game” by J. Sterling

Format: Available for eBook
Series: book 3 of 3 of Game Series
Rated: 16+ language, sexual content
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18687611-the-sweetest-game

In the 3rd book of the series, Jack and Cassie get married and begin their life as a married couple, settling into their roles. Everything is going good until Jack gets hurt and it threatens his career.

Jack is struggling with his injury, trying to adapt to a life without baseball and Cassie is trying to be supportive, but it’s hard for him to adjust.

After his hand heals, he thinks that life will go back to normal, but he finds it hard to adjust to the fact that he’s not that dominate pitcher that he was before he broke his hand and if breaking his hand wasn’t enough, something else happens that gets him frustrated with the game he loves.

Cassie and Jack have to work together to overcome the hardships that come their way and build a life for themselves and the family they want to have.

I love book series, especially when I really like the characters. And I really liked Jack and Cassie so when I saw that there was a new book I was excited. But a about a third of the way in, I wished that Sterling didn’t release another book. It felt redundant and kind of stupid. There was nothing added to their story and it felt like the only reason why she did another book was for the money or to appease those fans that wanted another book. I liked how the 2nd book ended and it felt final and concluded. While this one has that same feeling, it felt like it was unnecessary.

The story had potential to be somewhat interesting considering the fact that Jack got hurt. The audience knew just how important baseball was to him form the first two books so it’s understandable that he would have a hard time adjusting. But Sterling didn’t deliver. He just seemed to come to grips with it easily and I think that it would have made for a more interesting book if he went into a depression and started drinking or he started lashing out against Cassie. Something like that.

I found that I was more interested in Dean’s (Jack’s brother) and Melissa (Cassie’s best friend). Jack and Cassie’s drama all seemed to resolve itself and tie itself in a bow, that it was refreshing to have something not work out, at least not at first.

I know I am probably in the minority with this story, but the whole thing just seems redundant and ridiculous. It had the right stuff to make it interesting but it just seemed to easy. I would have preferred to have more drama, but the lack of it made me not like this story. I wished she would have just left it done after two because that had a nice bow ending. This one seemed like a bit overkill and definitely left a sour taste in my mouth with the series.

Rating: C-

Recommended: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Broken by Kelly Elliott

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